Abdi home stay will not be everyone’s cup of tea. The lack of electricity and kero lamps may be romantic for some while others may not appreciate the basic nature of the accommodation. There are 4 cottages of which we booked 3. Only one had a western toilet. There were no hooks or tables in the bathroom on which to hang clothes or put a wash bag. The rooms were not particularly large. There was only one towel available for two people. We had to ask for toilet paper. The cottages had a small balcony, but only one chair was provided. We had a meal which was nice, but nothing to rave about. There is no restaurant, we just had the meal on a table outside our bungalow, but not enough chairs could be found for all 6 of us. We realised later that the person we had booked the accommodation through, Jack of Bagoes Cafe, Lake Maninjau had ripped us off by charging us for the meal in his fee and then telling us we had to pay for the meal ourselves - pity I didn’t think to check the written agreement for he also cheated us at our Lake Maninjau accommodation. There was a hot water flask for tea and coffee at 2 of the 3 cottages, but only one tin of tea, coffee and sugar so you had to check which cottage had it last. The sheer cliff views at Abdi are good, but although there was heavy rain overnight, the water fall at the back was ever only a dribble. As with most of Indonesia (and other SE Asian countries) there is rubbish everywhere. You get use to it, but even after years of travel around SE Asia it is still sometimes hard to comprehend - the small pond outside our cottage could have looked very nice except for the plastic bags and other rubbish. Ikbal who owns Abdi tries too hard to relate to the tourists, although I can imagine he’s a hit with teenage and 20 something girls - for our middle aged party however he was a little grating. My wife and I often go camping where there is no electricity or running water and so the very basic nature of the accommodation did not worry us, but we feel there is so much lost potential - if only there was a table or hooks in the bathroom, if only there was a towel and chair for every guest, if only the bathrooms were cleaner, if only there was toilet paper ..... The surrounding area is nice, especially the sheer cliffs, but not world heritage stuff. I and another in my party went for short walk which was good. We visited the waterfalls. There was no one there, but there is evidence that at times it must get quite busy. The waterfalls are nice, but the swimming pools below are quite shallow and the two that I entered were quite cold (probably depends on time of year) and the bottoms were quite stoney and difficult to walk in. I would advise anyone contemplating staying here to consider carefully the nature of the accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the earnings of my homestay I also help the people of my village, I buy uniforms and books for the kids going to school. I also support the older people in my village. Me and my people clean the surroundings of the village. If you stay at my homestay you will also support the local community! ... more less